Camp Chris Williams – August 2-8, 2020

Registration is open until camp fills up or July 15, 2020:

  • Early Bird Registration:    Opens December 1, 2019       $400
  • Regular Registration:        Jan 1, 2020                               $450
  • Late Registration:              May 1, 2020                              $500

Traditional, week-long residential camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, that stretches back to 1978. Started as Camp Amigo by Lion member, Chris Williams.  Today the camp honors his commitment to D/HH youth, renaming the camp with his name after his death in 1984.

​Camp serves youth ages 11-17.  Currently, each year has a different annual theme, 2020 will be Exploring Space! Building on transitional activities to adulthood, along with typical camp activates enjoyed by campers. Mixed in with wall-climbing, boating, ropes course, swimming, arts and crafts, nature hikes are Leadership Training, mock interviews for jobs, perhaps even creating resumes, meeting adult Deaf and hard of hearing role models, and getting to explore bits of their careers. In the past few years, we have met adult D/HH: nurse, Federal Government recruiter, veterinarian, engineer, scientist, filmmaker and woodworker. You’ll never know who you’ll meet at camp!​

Due to space limitations, all campers must have a hearing loss and be of or between the ages 11-17. Interpreters are provided, so campers do not need to know American Sign Language. However, campers need to be at least open to being exposed to a lot of signing and will be expected to pick up some signs. Campers are respectful to all modes of communication other campers may have. Many of our campers are bilingual, (both sign and speak.)

Searching for scholarship opportunities:

Families needing financial assistance have a lot of opportunities if they are creative and look.

Typically, local community service clubs that have also provided many scholarship for campers:
• Lion an Lioness clubs:
• Kiwanis Clubs
• The GoodFellows: (check your local chapter)
• Rotary Clubs
• Optimist Clubs
• Quota Club  (check your local chapters)
• Personal donators –They can pay camp directly and have your child’s account credited.

The past few years, the Family Center For Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) have offered Summer Camp Scholarship opportunities:

Families can to apply to receive a summer camp scholarship up to $250.  The Summer Camp Scholarship is designed to assist families with sending their child with special health care needs to a summer camp of their choosing. Applications are typically accepted January through the end of March. Families will be required to submit a completed application along with the Registration Confirmation Form, which will need to be filled out by the Camp Director.  Please feel free to share this with families within your network or families may request the forms through the Family Phone Line at 800-359-3722. Funding is limited, so please encourage families to apply as soon as possible.

Candi Bush,
Director of Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Children’s Special Health Care Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Office Phone:  517-241-7197
Office Fax:  517-241-8970
Cellular:  517-614-9604
Family Phone Line:  800-359-3722
Lewis Cass Bldg, 6th Flr.
320 S. Walnut St.
Lansing, MI 48913

Camp Chris Facebook pages:


Registration is on-line ONLY. Parents will need to set up an account using your email as the log in. Your child’s account will be good for future camp years. Just log-in and update information you already submitted and confirm information at the bottom of each section.  If you have forgotten your password, a password reset can be resent to the email you used to create the account.  Email: if you need assistance or more information or would like to add other users to the account. (i.e. child’s other parent.)

A nominal deposit is required ($50 minimum) at the time of registration. Payment plans, credit cards and ongoing search for scholarships can be conducted after registering. All fees and paperwork are due July 15, 2020. $450 fee registration, until May 1st, or camp fills up. $500 late Registration after May 1, 2020, if space permits. If you are seeking an outside scholarship, make sure scholarship providers know this date. They may pay the balance direct to the Coalition, at Camp Chris Williams, PO Box 16234, Lansing, MI 48901-6234.

New Camper registration:

Returning campers can simply update their information:

Camp is held: at Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T), 10500 Lincoln Lake Rd. NE, Greenville, MI 48838

Dates of Camp: August 2- August 8, 2020
• Check in: 3 PM August 2, 2020
• Check out: 10 AM August 8, 2020


Camp Staff opportunities:

Want to be part of Camp Chris staff?

Leader in Training applicants need to be 18.

All regular staff must be 21.

Staff application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Staff apps:
Staff applicants who applied the last few years can just update their information at this link:

Staff are notified by first week of June, when regular camp registration ends and during late registration.  However, late camper registrations, staff changes, reassignments may offer additional opportunities after that date.

All Staff report 5 PM August 1, 2020 at Camp T for Mandatory Orientation & Training. ​